Monthly Archives: September 2012

NEVER EVER EVER TRUST A COMPUTER!

That was a frequently uttered phrase of mine in the years before I retired and I uttered it again today at the first Convention Dorset has held in donkey’s years.  All the speakers were using powerpoint, or trying to.  There … Continue reading

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WHY ME?

Out of the blue I got an email from Norman Walsh MBE of the Dromore BKA in Norn Iron, a member of the Ulster BKA.  He was seeking advice regarding a risk assessment for an association apiary. I am utterly … Continue reading

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BEE HAPPY PLANTS

I’ve just posted Sarah Holdsworth of Bee Happy Plants some seeds from my Globe Thistles, Echinops sphaerocephalus. Recently, when they were in bloom on my allotment, there were 6 species of bee working them simultaneously!  I hope Sarah can propagate … Continue reading

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The Synergy between Pollen and Plants – why should we be concerned?

That long heading was the title of a seminar from which I have just returned, held in darkest Devon in the Victory Hall at Kenton, not far from Powderham Castle.  It was organised by DARG, the Devon Apicultural Research Group, … Continue reading

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HARVEST TIME

There’s not much of a harvest this year.  I have a couple of supers from a hive on a holiday camp in Weymouth where, as part of their green credentials, they have acres of wild flowers.  We’re discussing letting them … Continue reading

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CCD?

Yesterday, as there was nobody else around on the allotments I took a peek at my hive there.  I was a little concerned as, recently, they haven’t been flying as strongly as one would expect, but I hesitated to dress … Continue reading

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FLOWER LOG

Ivy’s now in flower here. I heard it before I saw it. Rose Bay Willowherb has passed its peak. Himalayan Balsam is doing ok but there is less than last year.  I’m just back from a walk which included a … Continue reading

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